FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HER FATHER, All-American Jon Tuin ’83, was a lot of pressure for Jordan, an English writing and communications (media studies) double major.
“It turned out to be a really special thing,” says Jon.
Jordan won All-American honors in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, placing third in the competition.
“That was a cool moment for both of us,” Jon says. “She wasn’t living up to anything, just being herself and doing her thing.”
The Tuins are the first parent-child All-American combo for Wheaton Track and Field. In 2016 and 2017, Jordan was named Most Valuable Athlete at the CCIW Track and Field Championships. Her father won the same award in 1982 and 1983.
But Jordan’s time at Wheaton has strengthened more than just her leg muscles.
“Through a lot of failures, I grew spiritually by relying on God,” Jordan says, recalling a time she became injured and couldn’t race. “Once I realized running is a joyful gift from Christ, I was grateful I got to run at all.”
After her recovery, Jordan focused not just on winning, but instead on running freely and encouraging others. She aims to become a track coach, naming coaches Scott Bradley ’86 and David “Wally” Walford ’02, M.A. ’06 as her main mentors.
“Wheaton athletics has given me everything: friendships, mentors, and a strong foundation for working hard. It’s the basis for how I’m going to live the rest of my life,” says Jordan. “I’m grateful for every moment I’ve had to be an athlete at Wheaton.”